Panama City reaches out to the community twice a year to help clean up its cemeteries. This weekend you have a chance to be a part of it. Details in this News 13 Problem Solver report.
Keeping grave sites maintained is a way of honoring those who have passed on. At least two times a year, a community-wide cleanup takes place at Panama City's four cemeteries. Without that upkeep, overgrown areas can only get worse especially during the warm weather months. Since cemetery lots are considered private property, there are limits as to what can be cut and cleared out.
The Panama City Leisure Services Department tells us that many times…just word of an upcoming cleanup day brings out family members of those buried.
So here is an opportunity for youth groups, garden club groups, church groups and anyone interested in the care of our cemeteries to come out and be a part of the event.
Cemetery cleanup day is this coming Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the following locations: Greenwood cemetery, Lisenby and Seventeenth Street, Millville at East Avenue and Third Street, Oakland at Balboa and Eleventh Street and Hill Side, Lisenby Avenue and Twenty Third Street.
Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, rakes and gas powered or hand tools. A light lunch will be served to cleanup volunteers.
If you have questions, you can contact the Department of Leisure Services at 872-3199.